Imams remind Muslims to remember death

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Friday sermon yesterday reminded Muslims in the sultanate to strengthen their faith in Allah SWT by performing their Islamic duties and obligations.

Imams during the mass Friday prayers reminded that life is temporary and that all living things must die as death is inevitable.

Imams cited verse 185 from Surah Ali Imran in the Quran which reads: “Every soul will taste of death. And you will be paid on the Day of Resurrection only that which you have fairly earned. Who so is removed from the Fire and is made to enter paradise, he indeed is triumphant. The life of this world is but comfort of illusion.”

“Once death assails, that opportunity is gone. Hence we need to put our life, which has been bestowed by Allah SWT, to good use and increase our worship, perform good and righteous deeds and remember death so that we do not get carried away with life,” added Imams.

Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the sermon said, considers those who stay devoted to Allah SWT as wise, as they avoid sinful acts which are prohibited.

According to a hadith narrated by Ibnu Majah, the prophet Muhammad (SAW) was quoted as saying: “(Those devoted to Allah SWT) are those who remember death most and whose post-death preparations are the best. They are the most intelligent,”

Imams said Muslims who are often reminded about death will be more pious and faithful towards Allah SWT.

Congregants were reminded that since death is inevitable, they should carry out their duties and obligations sincerely and properly in order to strengthen their faith in Allah SWT.

According to imams, some of the ways to ensure that Muslims constantly remember death include visualising the torture and the punishment of the grave, visiting the sick as well as preparing and sending the janazah (dead body) to the grave.

The Brunei Times